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Kids can ‘read off’ library book fines

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 10, 2013 —

From Beth Gabor
County of Yolo

The Yolo County Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, April 14-20, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.  As part of the celebration, each branch will conduct the annual “Read Off Your Fines” campaign, and a survey seeking community feedback on library programs and services will be posted on www.yolocountylibrary.org.

The Read Off Your Fines campaign targets children and young adult library card holders, age five to 18, who are able to read by themselves and who owe overdue fines.  Youth will earn a $1.00 credit for each 15 minutes spent reading a book of their choice in the library.  The goal of the campaign is to encourage youth who have been blocked from checking out library materials to once again be able to return and take advantage of the many resources available at the library.

“The Read Off Your Fines program is an opportunity for the library to encourage young people to return to the library and read for fun to eliminate their fines,” said Yolo County Librarian Patty Wong in a press release.  “This is your library; don’t miss out on any of our many services.”

In 2012, over 75,000 registered patrons visited the eight Yolo County Library branches, borrowed over 1,100,000 books, music, films and other materials, and accessed online resources via the library computers over 90,000 times.

During National Library Week, the Yolo County Library will be conducting a survey about the services provided, which can be found on www.yolocountylibrary.org, along with other general information.

To receive regular updates on Yolo County Library programs and services, “like” the library on Facebook at www.facebook.com/yolocountylibrary.org.

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Buy a book, support local literacy

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 3, 2013 —

To raise funds for the Yolo Reads literacy program, and as a kick-off to National Library Week, Barnes & Noble Booksellers is partnering with the Yolo County Library to host a Bookfair at their Arden Fair store Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14.

[adrotate group=”9″]    During the Bookfair, the Yolo County Library will be on display and sponsoring two events.  A special library-themed storytime will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 13 in the Children’s Department of the Barnes & Noble Arden Fair store, and a local authors panel discussion and signing will be held at 1:00 p.m.  Additionally, throughout the weekend, materials on other Yolo County Library events and resources will be made available.  More information about the Bookfair is available at all Yolo County Library branch locations (visit: www.yolocountylibrary.org for branch locations).

During the Bookfair, Barnes & Noble will contribute at least five percent of every sale made to the Yolo Reads literacy program when “Yolo Reads” is mentioned at checkout.  One can also support the Yolo Reads literacy program by shopping Barnes & Noble online at: www.bn.com/bookfairs during National Library Week, April 12 through April 17, and including the Bookfair voucher ID# 11035896 when paying.

For information, contact Assistant Yolo County Librarian Elizabeth Gray at elizabeth.gray@yolocounty.org or (530) 666-8084, or visit www.yolocountylibary.org and ‘like’ the Yolo County Library on Facebook www.facebook.com/yolocountylibrary.org.

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Food give-away in West Sac

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The Yolo County food bank will distribute free food to eligible West Sacramento and Clarksburg residents on Feb. 19. The schedule includes distribution from 9-10 a.m. at the West Sacramento County building, 500 Jefferson Blvd.; 10:30-11:15 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian, 1500 Park Blvd.; 11-noon at Yolo Housing Authority, 685 Lighthouse Dr.; and noon-1 at Clarksburg Firehouse.

Please bring a bag, and attend only one site. For information, call (530) 668-0690.

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Flu season: worse than average

NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 23, 2013 —

From Beth Gabor
Public Information Officer
County of Yolo

This year’s influenza season is worse than an average year, and especially bad for seniors.  Seasonal influenza is now widespread in California.  Most influenza being seen this year is covered by the vaccine, and when needed, is sensitive to anti-viral treatment.  The Yolo County Health Department reminds the community that in addition to getting a flu shot every year (especially important for the young and old), everyone should also follow these simple steps to avoid the flu:

•    Wash hands often with soap and water
•    Regularly clean commonly-touched surfaces, i.e. countertops, doorknobs, telephones etc.
•    Don’t share cups, straws or anything that goes in the mouth
•    Avoid touching your eyes and nose
•    Cover nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze, and promptly discard used facial tissues
•    If sick, stay home

[adrotate group=”9″] Other important factors that help prevent getting sick:
•    Get enough rest and stay physically fit to help the body fight off disease
•    Don’t smoke and reduce exposure to secondhand smoke

Flu vaccine is still available and worth receiving this late in the season.  The flu vaccine can be obtained through local healthcare providers, pharmacies and the Yolo County Health Department’s regularly scheduled immunization clinic held every Tuesday, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at 137 N. Cottonwood Street in Woodland.

“We appear to be halfway through an early flu season with rates of influenza-related illness increasing in California,” said Constance Caldwell, MD, Interim Yolo County Health Officer, in a press release.  “Protect yourself, your family and your community by getting a flu shot, washing hands often and staying home when you are ill.  These three steps go a long way in reducing the incidence, and in some cases, deaths related to flu.”

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